March 4, 2011
San Diego, Calif.
The No.15 Pacific Tigers took down conference foe, the No.13 UCSD Tritons for the second time this season, this time in straight sets and on the road.
Set scores were: 25-19, 31-29, 25-19.
With the win Pacific improved to 7-11, (3-9 MPSF) while UCSD dropped to 6-13, (3-10 MPSF)
Pacific got off on the right foot to start their Southern California road-trip. In the first frame Pacific hit a .324 clip and tailed 15 kills on 34 swings. Freshman Cory Leckie (Long beach, Calif.) got his first reps of the year handling all the setting duties in the match and amassed 9.5 match points. Junior Florin Gornik (Schwechat, Austria) led the Tigers with five kills in the frame but redshirt sophomore Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.), redshirt junior Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.) and redshirt freshman Adam Troy (Loomis, Calif.) all made substantial offensive contributions as the the Tigers took set one from the Tritons 25-19.
In the second set of the match Pacific's offensive production lost some of the precision they displayed in the first frame hitting just .150 and recording 13 kills on 40 swings. The Tigers also booked seven errors in the set that went longer than regulation. Pacific trailed in the set by as many as five when the scoreboard read 20-15 but managed to battle back and ultimately won the set on back-to-back Daley kills his fourth and fifth of the frame, set score 31-29.
The Tigers put the match away in the third set with their best offensive showing of the evening hitting .391 and thrashing 14 kills on just 23 swings while producing only five errors. Back-to-back kils by troy followed by a kill by Hughes gave pacific a 3-0 lead to start the frame. Another kill by Hughes and two more from Troy and coupled with UCSD offensive miscues and Pacific quickly led by five up 9-4. A Gornik service ace and another Triton attack error put Pacific comfortably in the drivers seat up by eight, score 16-8 and a timeout call by UCSD. Out of the break Pacific relinquished two before Troy got into another one slamming it down the line and keeping the Tigers on the right side of a 17-10 mark. Troy and Hughes paced the Tigers the rest of the way as they claimed the frame 25-19 ending the match on a UCSD service error.
Pacific is next in action Saturday March 5 when they travel to UC Irvine in a match scheduled with the Anteaters for 7:00pm.